Thursday, May 04, 2006

Eye to the Sky

Thru' the Eye
It was a Saturday evening at Raffles Place, right in the heart of the Singapore Central Business District. With most offices on 5-day week, this hub of activity during a working week is as quiet as a ghost-town during the week-end. I looked left and right, the coast was clear, and with camera in hand, I surreptitiously climbed onto the parapet wall of this particular sculpture to capture a couple of shots of Caltex House enclosed within the "eye".

Not that it was illegal to get onto the parapet, but on a normal week-day with well-heeled executives pounding the pavements of Raffles Place and the risk of a familiar face or two in the crowd, it may have been embarrassing to say the least. Even after months of taking pictures, I still find myself a tad self-conscious when handling a camera in public and going into 'not-so-flattering' positions to get certain shots.

And you know what they say about Murphy's Law - after taking my shots, I clambered down from the blinking high parapet wall in a most unladylike manner (imagine a clumsy person on all fours crawling gingerly backwards), turned around and saw this nice and attractive-looking stranger resting against his parked car staring at me with a thoroughly bemused expression on his face. Aiyah, where to hide my face?

Front Row Seats
Scooted quickly across Battery Road down to Boat Quay. Sat down on the shady steps of the Cavenagh Bridge and saw this 'front-row' crate-seats, all having an unblocked view of the Singapore River and the Fullerton Hotel on the opposite side of the river bank but unfortunately lacking an appreciative audience. Looked like a romantic spot but with less than inviting and comfortable seats!


Anonymous umami said...

Hats off to you, it is a fantastic shot.

5/04/2006 11:52:00 AM  
Anonymous pfong said...


the embarassment is for a moment, the photograph is forever.

Lovely shots. I particularly like the first one. Well worth scrambling to find a good angle.

5/04/2006 05:42:00 PM  
Blogger fooDcrazEE said...

thanx for ur sacrifice....

5/04/2006 06:33:00 PM  
Blogger eatzycath said...

thanks umami :)

how true, pfong, and I'm thankful that the bemused stranger wasn't carrying a camera on him to capture that embarrassing moment! Phew!!

foodcrazee, ur welcomed, altho' the 'sacrifice' wasn't intentional in the first place, hahhaa!

5/04/2006 09:52:00 PM  
Anonymous slurp! said...

Great shot. the "eye" elegantly leads my eye to the top of tower. excellent!
about the crate-seats, they should have changed to something with back rest, athough i was thinking beach chairs are fanastic here! hehehe ... Raffles place is an excellent spot to have some peace & quiet during sundays only.

5/04/2006 11:29:00 PM  
Blogger persis said...

I laughed. Thank you. Your food porn is equally captivating! Will definitely be back.

6/14/2006 05:45:00 PM  

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